Designers Efforts

Designing a Learning Environment

A critical component of an organization’s knowledge is its learning material. Organizations often focus on the development of formal learning courses and programs, but our experience designing and building knowledge bases and learning management systems shows this is only one aspect of an organization’s learning environment. 카지노사이트

We live in a world of information abundance and training materials are no exception. Self-directed learning opportunities (such as instructional YouTube videos) and social learning opportunities (like asking a colleague a question over a corporate Slack channel) have redefined the way people learn on-the-job skills.

In her book, Learning Environments by Design, Catherine Lombardozzi defines a learning environment as a curated collection of learning resources and activities related to a specific learning need. The design practices required to cultivate such an environment are illustrated in Dr. Lombardozi’s diagram:

EK’s own Knowledge and Information Management design practices align with the steps to designing a Learning Environment as described in Dr. Lombardozzi’s diagram. Critical inputs including goals, persona development, taxonomy, tagging, and search strategy all play an important role in ensuring the full range of learning content types can be intuitively discovered for use and reuse.


Learning Environment Design Description

Imagining the purpose, context, and components of the learning environment

EK Design Practices

As experienced Agile practitioners, EK starts any new project by facilitating the creation of a product vision. Our consultants collaborate with you to define:

Once your product vision is well-defined, it becomes the North Star of your project. All potential features of this Learning Environment will be evaluated against this standard: Does it help us achieve the product vision? This ensures your organization can design the most focused solution possible, applying your limited resources to addressing the specific needs of your end users. 바카라사이트

Finding & Curating

Learning Environment Design Description

Finding: Locating a range of resources and activities that are on topic

Curating: Using expert judgment to recommend the most relevant and useful components for the learning environment’s specific learners and purpose.

EK Design Practices

Just as any potential features of the Learning Environment are evaluated against the product vision, any learning content must be evaluated against the same standard. If the product vision states that the audience for the learning environment is airline pilots and flight attendants, then any learning materials which would not support learners in those specific roles should not be included. Leveraging this approach helps organizations clear away content and functionality that doesn’t provide maximum value. As a result, the administrative burden of maintaining less valuable content is removed. This allows your organization to focus on enhancing the most valuable content to best serve your end users. Moreover, this focus improves the overall findability of your learning content by removing distractions and impediments from the environment.


Learning Environment Design Description

Collating and packaging the resources and activities, and making them available to your learners 온라인카지노

EK Design Practices

There is so much that goes into “assembling” learning resources into an online Learning Environment. Some of the best practices and approaches EK applies include:


Learning Environment Design Description

Ensuring the environment continues to be fresh, enticing, and useful

EK Design Practices

By developing an effective content governance plan you will be able to generate and analyze the relevant data from which resources in your Learning Environment used the most to what things learners are searching for and not finding. In addition to analyzing the data, we can help your content team make strategic decisions to continuously improve the user experience (and performance outcomes) of learners.


Learning Environments have the potential to harness the power of informal and social learning as a complement to formal learning, but users have to be able to find all of those carefully curated resources to maximize the value of the enterprise. Catherine Lombardozzi offers a much more poetic description of the importance of the design process:

The Learning Environment design framework provides would-be learning gardeners with the tools needed to create rich environments for learning. And just like a gardener has a process to follow to cultivate a picture-perfect patch of earth, so an L&D professional can engage a flexible learning environment design process to support deep learning. 

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